Brute who viciously beat his girlfriend avoids jail

Thomas Cooke (pictured, outside Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court) 30, repeatedly punched Rebecca Dransfield and dragged her through a car park

Thomas Cooke (pictured, outside Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court) 30, repeatedly punched Rebecca Dransfield and dragged her through a car park

A thug who beat up his girlfriend before ringing up her mother and warning 'snitches get stitches' has avoided jail. 

Thomas Cooke, 30, from Oldham, repeatedly punched Rebecca Dransfield and dragged her through a car park during a vicious assault.

He then rang her mother Catherine and threatened to 'empty their property and rip their faces off' if they press charges.

Cooke, who has previous convictions for violence, avoided a prison term because a judge said the public would be 'best protected' if he remained free.   

The thug walked free after he claimed he suffered 'significant trauma which had an affect on his ability to restrain himself.'

A judge said recovery from his condition - which was not disclosed - would be hampered if he went to jail.

Rebecca Dransfield suffered black eyes plus bruising to her face and legs and later refused to make a statement to police, Manchester Minshull Street Court heard. 

The couple had been in a 'turbulent' relationship which culminated in the attack on May 19 last year following a row at their local pub. 

During the argument Miss Dransfield kicked Cooke between the legs and fled to her car outside.

Prosecuting, Lisa Boocock, said: 'Rebecca Dransfield got into the car and thought the defendant was going to hit her. She hit him, she would say in self defence and that caused his nose to bleed.

'The defendant then hit her to the face and she hit him again but he got out and trying to drag her out. She was frightened and trying to cling on for dear life but he started punching her on her thighs and she had fallen in between the gear stick after and the seat.

'The defendant was still shouting 'get out', she was scared and just wanted to hold on. The defendant then punched her twice to the face, as she let go of the steering wheel her vision went. 

'He was pulling her by her legs across the car park, people were watching and shouting at the defendant. Police were called and she was taken to hospital and discharged relatively shortly afterwards.

Cooke (pictured), who has previous convictions for violence, avoided a prison term because a judge said the public would be 'best protected' if he remained free

Cooke (pictured), who has previous convictions for violence, avoided a prison term because a judge said the public would be 'best protected' if he remained free

'She described her injuries as bruising front and back of both legs and arms. Facial bruising, black eyes. There was concern as she couldn't see out of one of her eyes, it was closed because of the excessive swelling. When the police arrived they found her very distressed. Her clothing was torn and he was arrested.

'But later the defendant contacted Miss Dransfield's mother, Catherine in what is described as a very abusive call. He was saying her daughter had broken the windscreen and saying ''snitches get stitches''.

'He was saying he never rung the police and sorted his own dirty work. He was asking the location of Rebecca Dransfield and if she was pressing charges. He was issuing threats that he would

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